One of the ways that I save money and make my grocery shopping less stressful is by having a grocery list.
Making a grocery list doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, if you just take a little time to set it up initially, you may find that it saves you time in the long run. At least that is what happened to me.
I’m a big numbers person. For those of you who don’t know it, I used to do accounting for a living. I love it so much that I take care of my personal finances much like I would take care of business finances. That means I want to know where all my money is going and what types of costs I can expect. I treat my grocery list the same way.
I set up a spreadsheet with four main parts. Each part has four columns set up like this:
I take the blank template to the grocery store and I hand write the items that want on the list with their approximate cost. This way I have them in order by how I go through the grocery store.
Then I take that hand written information and put it into my spreadsheet. My total column is set up as a formula to take the number column times the cost column. Each total column subtotals at the bottom of the page and then I have one cell that sums up those totals. This tells me approximately what I will be spending each time I do the list.
I have some extra spaces to add things that are not normally on my list.
The benefit of having this master list is that I don’t forget things that are regular purchases because the list already has them on it.
Certainly you could do this by just printing it and handwriting what you need, but I like having the computer calculate my cost estimate as well.
Now I am ready to print my list. I print it on normal 8 1/2 x 11 paper in landscape form. Then I fold the list in half and in half again. This gives me a short paper to carry in the store.
How about you?
Do you make a grocery list for your shopping?
How do you make yours?